Cream Puff and Mount Skittlemore the Camp Runoia guinea pigs were feeling a little jealous that the chickens had their 15 seconds of fame on the Runoia blog so here is their moment of stardom.
Life outside of Camp Runoia is fairly entertaining for everyone’s favorite ‘farm’ pets. They have a large cage in the living room (‘but mum it’s too cold in the mudroom’!) at the Bolduc-Jacksons so are generally the center of attention. Most of their day is spent eating – who knew that 2 such small creatures could eat so much!? Breakfast is lettuce and leafy greens often with some strawberry tops thrown in, lunch is a delightful blend of guinea pig pellets and all day long the hay buffet is open. There are always plenty of treats too, their favorites are fresh fruits and veggies but they will happily eat the commercial snacks.
A change from the summer is that their winter bedding is made of fleece and old towels rather than sawdust and shavings. It seems to keep them warmer and drier but still needs changing every couple of days. It helps with waste reduction too as it can just be throw into the wash.
Did you know that we have an entire Runoia Pinterest board dedicated to interesting articles about guinea pig care. There are even guinea pig birthday cake ideas for those dedicated cavy lovers.
The farm and garden program at Camp Runoia provides campers with the opportunity to experience animal care, grow organic food and learn about farm to table principles. Many girls enjoy the responsibilities of growing things and taking care of the pets. We hope that Camp Runoia campers will maximize all of the opportunities that activities at camp have to offer. Getting to snuggle a guinea pig is certainly a perk.
Cream Puff and Mount Skittlemore look forward to seeing you all back at camp and getting lots of snuggles and snacks from the Runoia vegetable garden.